LACONIA — It has been a tumultuous year for Dick and Connie Mitchell at Pitman's Freight Room, having to deal not once, but twice, with arson fires, but they quickly bounced both times and their burgeoning music scene hasn't missed a beat.
2013 was a mixed bag for sure, but at least it wasn't 1969, the year Richard Nixon became President and Charlie Manson became famous. 1969 wasn't all bad: the first Led Zeppelin album came out, the Grateful Dead released the first 16-track studio LP, "Aoxomoxoa," and the Beatles released their last-recorded album, "Abbey Road." And then of course, there was Woodstock and the First Moonwalk (Neil Armstrong, not Michael Jackson).
Nostalgia frequently collides with amnesia this time of year, so the Mitchells thought that the best way to greet the New Year was by paying homage to times gone by, and so are pleased to present a special New Year's Eve show, A Blast from the Past, a return to 1969 for a fitting tribute to the music and fashion of years gone by. And it is only fitting that the music for the evening will be provided by the Wharf Rats, a sort of retro-jam-folk-rock band, whose material is rooted in the 1960s and -70s.
The Rats will be playing three sets, one acoustic and two electric, as many bands did "back in the day." And there will be food, lots of it, served buffet style by lovely ladies, and the economically minded will note the low ticket price and the fact that Pitman's Freight Room is a BYOB venue.
Tickets are $20 per person in advance, $25 at the door, and include a sumptuous five course buffet meal served from 7-9 p.m. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show starts at 8 p.m. Dress is casual, 60s-themed or "hippie" duds are encouraged but not required.